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San Xavier del Bac Spanish Mission just a few miles south of Tucson on Tohono D'ohdam Indian Reservation. Supposedly founded one day when the Italian Jesuit priest Eusebio Francisco Kino decided that the Native Americans of Southern Arizona and Northern Mexico needed some Catholic revival! (sarcasm) (it didn't work) He was supposedly walking along the Santa Cruz River and saw 800 souls to win to his faith. Construction began in the late 1600's, but wasn't completed until the mid/late 1700's.
Despite all that, it was nearly destroyed in around 1841 and later taken over by Franciscan Catholics instead of the original Jesuits. Then the Santa Cruz river died up and Nietzsche declared God to be dead and the early American settlers wiped out most of the Natives and it looked pretty bad for 'San Xavier', as it's called around here. But it's still in pretty good order - despite some major reconstruction going on at the moment - and even has regular heathen attenders today.
Cynicism aside, it honestly is a great piece of architecture, if nothing else.

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  • Copyright: Amy Hill (convey) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 38 W: 6 N: 23] (170)
  • Genre: Miejsca
  • Medium: Kolorowe
  • Date Taken: 2005-05-03
  • Categories: Architektura
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  • Date Submitted: 2005-05-13 5:14
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